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Cul de Sac – Encore Stage & Studio

 Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

Encore Stage & Studio is delighted to present Cul de Sac, the world premiere play adaption based on the nationally syndicated Cul de Sac comic strip by Richard Thompson. Thompson and his comic strip won the 2010 Reuben Award, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. The play follows four-year-old Alice Otterloop and her older brother, Petey, as they learn about friendship and the importance of being yourself. When Alice decides to help Petey become more exciting she risks sending Petey further into his shell. With the help of their parents, teachers, and new and old friends the Otterloop children just might be able to learn something from each other.

My daughter Clara and I saw the show last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining performance by the young cast of actors. We have been attending Encore shows for the past couple of years and it’s always so special for my daughter to watch other children perform on stage. Even more so with Cul de Sac, because the main character is four-year-old Alice who is funny, energetic, and has a great imagination much like my 5-year-old Clara.

I love how the comic strip was brought to life and a great effort was made to preserve the look and feel of it on stage. The set was designed to look like a drawing and included the recognizable Otterloop house, Mr. Otterloop’s tiny red car, Dill’s kiddie car, and Alice’s manhole cover.

AliceOtterloopAlice Otterloop is played by Gabriella Flanagan. Photo by Encore.
OtterloopFamilyFrom left to right: Mr. Otterloop (Henry Hubbard), Alice (Gabriella Flanagan), Petey (Xander Tilock), and Mrs. Otterloop (Caitlyn Knittig). Photo by Encore.

Cul de Sac is a wonderful performance that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Best for ages 4+.

Remaining Performance Dates and Show times:

Friday June 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 12,2016 at 3 p.m

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for Children, Students, Military and Seniors. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.

IMG_0798Clara with Alice Otterloop after the performace.